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MATCHDAY 14: OSASUNA LEAVE THE PIT

05 Dec 2012
La liga seems decided in favour of FC Barcelona after a disappointing Madrilenian derby. Depor, meanwhile, is penultimate at the standings as CA Osasuna clinched a vital win that pulls them outside of the drop zone.

CA Osasuna was the big winner among the clubs living at the bottom of the standings; this after clinching a vital 1-0 win against Rayo Vallecano thanks to an early goal of Quique Sola. The Navarrans are out of relegation for the first time since matchday 01. And it’s that the other six clubs living at the bottom were unable to win during the weekend.

Two of the clubs living inside the pit, RCD Espanyol and Granada CF, stared the only 0-0 of the weekend, so they remain in deep trouble. Deportivo, meanwhile, paid again a high price for their defensive mismatches and ended losing 2-3 at home before Real Betis in a game that went from the 0-2 to the 2-2 in a stroke of a pen.

RCD Mallorca could only grab a point hosting Real Zaragoza and remain close to relegation. The Majorcans should be content as they scored the equalizer six minutes before the final whistle, but it’s also true that they missed a penalty early in the first part and played with one more men for 78 minutes. It was the opposite for RC Celta; they were close to defeat high flyers Levante UD, but a last-minute goal left the 1-1 in the scoresheet.

The situation at the bottom of the standings

place

team

points

GF

GA

16

Osasuna

13

12

15

17

Mallorca

13

14

23

18

Granada

12

11

20

19

Deportivo

11

21

31

20

Espanyol

10

13

22

FC Barcelona didn’t face any opposition at the Camp Nou and crashed Athletic Bilbao (5-1); the Catalans have now an eight-point lead and seem unstoppable; especially taking in mind that they have just established a new all-time record in la liga after clinching 13 wins and 1 draw within the first 14 matchdays. The previous record was for Real Madrid: 13 wins and 1 defeat (season 1961/62).

The highly expected Madrilenian derby was only a bluff. Little football was watched at the Santiago Bernabéu though Real Madrid was able to clinch a 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid, it’s just the second loss on the season for Los Rojiblancos.

Neither pretty was the victory of Getafe over Malaga CF (1-0). Ex-Depor Albert Lopo scored for the Madrilenians and now they are living at the European seats for the first time on the season. They’re pulling down Levante UD, side that could only recue a point at Balaídos, while Real Betis is pulling Malaga out of the Champions League spots thanks to their victory at the Riazor.

The shocker of the weekend was the 2-5 victory of Real Sociedad at Mestalla; the setback caused massive protest against Valencia’s president, and the result is that Mauricio Pellegrino was fired. He’s the second coach that loses his job on this season. The new coach of Valencia CF will be Ernesto Valverde. Finally, Real Valladolid clinched an important victory visiting Sevilla CF (1-2) and are now one point below the European zone.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

40

48

16

2

Atletico

34

29

13

3

Real Madrid

29

34

10

4

Betis

25

23

24

5

Malaga

22

19

10

6

Getafe

22

17

19

7

Valladolid

21

20

15

8

Levante

21

16

21

MATCHDAY 15: TOUGH GAMES FOR THE BIG ONES
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are facing tough meetings on the road; the Madrilenians are visiting a solid Real Valladolid that have only lost once at home on this season, while the Catalans are visiting high flyers Real Betis, the current 4th place at the standings. The teams in relegation are also facing tough meetings.

Starting with Deportivo; the Galician side visits Atlético Madrid; the only team among the big leagues in Europe that have won all their home games on this campaign. Granada CF pay a visit to a Malaga CF that want to regain the spot at the Champions League, while RCD Espanyol entertains an instable Sevilla CF.

CA Osasuna will try to take advantage of the problems at Valencia CF with a new win at home, more difficult is the task for RC Celta, side that visit San Mamés in order to play against Athletic Bilbao. Levante UD host RCD Mallorca, Getafe CF visit Real Sociedad and the matchday ends on Monday as Rayo Vallecano entertains Real Zaragoza.

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